On Thursday, we can expect a plethora of very interesting matches across Europe, as the last round of matches in the Europa League and the Conference League are scheduled, and this time we have analyzed the duel between Betis and Rangers. The start of the match between these two teams is scheduled for 9 PM.
Betis: The Greens Shine at Home in the Europa League!
Betis was founded in 1907, and interestingly, the Andalusians have only once reached the title of champions of Spain, which was in 1934. In addition, the popular Greens have won the King’s Cup trophy three times, with the last time being in 2022, when Betis was better than Valencia in the grand final, winning after a penalty shootout. Last season, the team led by the experienced Manuel Pellegrini reached the sixth position in the league, which earned the club a place in the Europa League, a primary goal for many years, although they dream at Benito Villamarin of their favorite team qualifying for the Champions League.
Speaking of the second-tier European club competition, with one round to go, the Spanish representative is in first place in the group, one point ahead of the second-placed Rangers, and two points more than third-placed Sparta Prague, from whom this team somewhat unexpectedly lost in the previous round, a match that ended 1:0 in one of the most beautiful European cities. So far, Betis has played five matches in this year’s edition of the Europa League, achieving three victories and two defeats, with the mentioned loss to Sparta and a defeat in the first round away at Rangers, whom they will face tonight at Benito Villamarin. Looking at the Spanish football league, we can conclude that Manuel Pellegrini’s men have been playing quite well recently, as evidenced by the draw in the last round at home against Real Madrid, ending 1:1.
Before that, the Greens played a goalless match away at Almeria, and at this moment, Betis is in seventh place in the league, just three points behind fifth-placed Bilbao. Regarding home performances, in both the Europa League and La Liga, the team from Andalusia has played a total of ten competitions and still remains undefeated, achieving seven victories and three draws in that period.
Rangers: Can the Gers Achieve Their First Away Victory?
Just over a year ago, Rangers shone in the Europa League, where the popular Gers reached the grand final, but were defeated by Eintracht Frankfurt after a less successful penalty shootout. Last season, the Scottish representative did not excel in the Champions League, where the team finished in a convincingly last place in the group, and in terms of the league, Celtic once again claimed the championship title, much more easily than expected.
The primary goal, as in previous years, will be the Scottish Premiership title, and at the moment, the team from Ibrox is in second place in the table, five points behind the leaders Celtic. What is somewhat positive is that Rangers, despite being five points behind, have a game in hand, and if they win that match, they will close the gap to the league leader to just two points, so a very uncertain championship is likely ahead. In the last round, the team from Ibrox celebrated a home victory against Dundee with a score of 3:1, and to make things even better, Celtic lost their away match against Kilmarnock (3:1).
As for the Europa League, the primary goal is, of course, to qualify for the knockout phase, which will not be an easy task, as the Scottish representative is currently in second place in the group, one point ahead of third-placed Sparta Prague, but also one point behind the group leader Betis, whom they visit in the last round. In the previous round, Philippe Clement’s men only managed a draw at their stadium against Aris Limassol, with the match ending 1:1. Had the host won that duel as expected, Rangers would have needed only a point in the last round to advance to the next phase, but now they will most likely have to win in Andalusia, as Sparta Prague is expected to defeat Aris in the last round of the second-tier European club competition. Finally, so far, the Scottish representative has played ten away matches in all competitions, achieving six victories, two draws, and the same number of defeats.
Our Betting Predictions
A very interesting match awaits us in Andalusia, and after all things considered, we give the advantage in this duel to the home team and recommend that you try betting on a home win (fr 1), for which the Mozzartbet bookmaker has prepared odds of 2.00.
For Rangers, most likely only a victory will secure a place in the knockout phase of the second-tier European club competition, so the least this team could do at Benito Villamarin is to score at least one goal, and therefore we advise you to try the Both Teams to Score (gg) bet, which Mozzartbet pays out at odds of 1.65.
Finally, as we have already mentioned, Betis plays excellently at home in European competitions, and we are largely convinced that the Greens will celebrate in this duel as well, but with at least one goal conceded, so we suggest focusing on the 1&gg bet with fantastic odds of 3.80.